Nov 28, 2006
Russia’s top nuclear official said today that his country tightly controls all exports of polonium [pictured above], the radioactive isotope that British authorities suspect killed former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London. “Allegations that someone stole it during production are absolutely unfounded,” Rosatom director Sergei Kiriyenko told a news conference.
Allegations that it was purposfully directed to the task have yet to be disproved.
Also, the wizards at Los Alamos Laboratories recommend that the maximum permissible amount of ingested polonium equals .0000000000068 g.
When it decays, polonium emits high-speed volleys of subatomic alpha particles that rip apart DNA coils and living cells. Death is slow and painful.